I know it was just the other day that I said was throwing in the towel (I’ll chalk it up to a bipolar swing), but between all of the supporting comments and now this:
Over 70,000 people living with a mental illness and people who have been effected by it through a loved one came together and said “Enough is enough!” I honestly thought what I was saying was falling on deaf ears. Now the show still has not made any formal apology, but I think the most important thing here is that over 70,000 of us spoke up! This proves to me that unification of the mental health community is possible!
So here’s my idea. It may be difficult to for all of us to meet in one state. My thought is that each state should have a general caucus of the mental health community. Out of each one of those, we will have an idea of how we want to proceed and what we feel is best, legislatively, for our national community. I would want each state to choose 2-3 representatives and then we could meet in a central location so as to ease travel costs. The meeting of all 50 states’ representatives would then discuss what each state came up with. From there, we can congeal it all into one common purpose. I think the initial state meetings should take place no later than July and the national meeting should take place in August. At the national meeting we can discuss how we want to form as a non-profit and all that goes with that.
This is just a very rough idea. I will fine tune it. If you’re interested, please let me know. I’ll also need to know what state you’re from so I can keep track. I’ll take on Washington State. If anyone else from Washington would like to help me, that would be wonderful. I know we can do this! Let’s use this momentum that we’ve started and carry it through.